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Athlon ii x2 260 for budget gaming pc

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January 22, 2012 6:22:56 AM

hey everyone, this is my first post, so yeh, lets get straight into it

I'm building a budget gaming pc, so far I've got the motherboard (am3 socket) and ram, and I was wondering if the athlon II x2 260 was a decent choice for a budget gaming CPU and also for schoolwork? I wont be doing too many CPU intensive stuff such as video rendering, adobe programs etc.

another thing, I will be overclocking whatever cpu I get too.

any extra thoughts/suggestions are welcome

oh nearly forgot, I'll probably be getting either a gts 450 or a gtx 550ti (motherboard accepts nvidia gpu's only), so would this bottleneck?

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January 22, 2012 6:28:52 AM

For the video card, a Radeon 6850 is a better choice and uses less power. You know, alot of AM3+ boards can do crossfire and sli. Also, if you go with a single slot board with an nVidia chipset you can still run a Radeon card on it just fine.

The Athlon 260 is fine a a budget CPU, but it's really worth it to spend a little more on an X3 like the 445.
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January 22, 2012 7:03:43 AM

it's a bit late for another motherboard, I've got an M4N98TD evo, and upon doing research, apparently it only accepts nvidia. the reason I got its cause it was for sale cheap on a local website for $70 with a single 1333mhz 4gb ram stick.
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January 22, 2012 7:07:44 AM

your board will support AMD gpus as long as you don't need crossfire.
you should get an amd gpu as the lower end cards are better from AMD.
January 22, 2012 7:11:51 AM

thanks for the link sunnk

oh and I can't get stuff from newegg, I'm in australia
January 22, 2012 7:15:31 AM

that'd b great, I'd rather an amd gpu than an nvidia
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January 22, 2012 7:24:13 AM

esrever said:
your board will support AMD gpus as long as you don't need crossfire.
you should get an amd gpu as the lower end cards are better from AMD.


+1 you should get one hd 6770 its perfoms better then gts 450 but if u are not sure that it will work or not so dont get amd gpu even the nvidia gpus also works great if u can then get an gtx 550 ti it will be good and perform little bit more then the hd 6770.:) 
January 22, 2012 7:32:48 AM

wat if I buy the 6770 from MSY and if it doesn't work I'll just go get a refund saying it doesn't work with my motherboard?

anyone got suggestions for a case and psu? gotta be under $100, and btw msy here are selling Seventeam ST-505PCG psu's (im guessing they're 505w) for $39
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January 22, 2012 7:35:16 AM

for the psu you want quality rather than watts.

a quality 300watt psu will power your system but even 600watt psus from a bad brand could be bad. Im not sure what will be good for you in aus.
January 22, 2012 7:38:39 AM

from wat I've heard seventeam are manufacturers for coolermaster, and if u mean wat brand types, I'm pretty sure theyre all the same in aus
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January 22, 2012 7:49:24 AM

brands like corsair,seasonic will be better quality psu.:) 
January 22, 2012 7:57:05 AM

so wat about about a corsair cx430? would that run a 6670, one hdd, one DVD drive, and the x3 455 (95w) with room for some upgrades later on?
January 22, 2012 7:57:17 AM

so wat about about a corsair cx430? would that run a 6670, one hdd, one DVD drive, and the x3 455 (95w) with room for some upgrades later on?
January 22, 2012 7:58:10 AM

oops
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January 22, 2012 7:59:19 AM

yes the cx 430 can handle them.:) 
January 22, 2012 7:59:36 AM

ill get the cx430, its only $58 at msy
January 22, 2012 8:00:18 AM

thanks man
January 22, 2012 8:01:15 AM

oh and how many 6-pins does it hav?
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January 22, 2012 8:01:35 AM

your most welcome.:) 
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January 22, 2012 8:03:55 AM

but listen to me onething that if u can afford the seasonic one then go for it because its more better then the cx 430 but if u can afford that much then the cx 430 is better choice.:) 
January 22, 2012 8:15:04 AM

alright seasonic I guess, then I'll save up later for a case, my birthdays comin up so I'm gonna get my family to buy me a few of the parts like the cpu, gpu, and either DVD drive or hdd.

there's a seasonic S12-II 520 for $91 at msy, kind of a noob question but that'd b better right?

msy parts list url
www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
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January 22, 2012 8:23:24 AM

yes the s12-II 520 will be more better then that two and it has a 1x6pin,1x6+2 pin which can crossfire or sli two card:) 
January 22, 2012 8:26:54 AM

so a 6+2 pin connector would still fit a gpu with a 6-pin?
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January 22, 2012 8:36:09 AM

you don't need that since you won't ever be crossfiring as your board doesn't support it. get the cx for a lot cheaper.
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January 22, 2012 8:39:36 AM

esrever said:
you don't need that since you won't ever be crossfiring as your board doesn't support it. get the cx for a lot cheaper.


but esrever if he will upgrade his mb then that psu will handle cfx, overclocking and unlocking of the core easily and i m not sure about the cx that it can do all that.
January 22, 2012 8:47:30 AM

i reckon I'll go for the seasonic, just to make it more future proof and save me having to buy another one for longer, if u know wat I mean

heres wat ill probably be getting for my build

athlon ii x3 455
ati radeon 6770
seasonic s12-II 520w
Seagate sata3 500gb
some sort of DVD RW drive
a decent case
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January 22, 2012 8:48:16 AM

you need ram ?
January 22, 2012 8:49:58 AM

that's wat I forgot hahaha, and a single stick Kingston 1333mhz ram, I got it with the mobo
January 22, 2012 8:50:52 AM

4gb
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January 22, 2012 8:52:07 AM

you have an 4gb 1333mhz ram which seems good and enough no need to upgrade more ram you will be fine with it.
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January 22, 2012 8:55:06 AM

might want to upgrade ram eventually as you want 2 sticks so your ram can enable dual channel which will basically double the speed of ram access and improve your pc greatly.
January 22, 2012 8:55:35 AM

yeh cool
January 22, 2012 8:56:52 AM

ill upgrade once I get the money
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January 22, 2012 9:03:43 AM

that will be also good to get more ram and two is more better then one when you get more money get more ram it will give your system an performance boost but for now one stick is ok.
January 22, 2012 9:27:05 AM

cool
January 22, 2012 9:29:16 AM

guess I'm settled then, its like, 10.30pm here and I got school tomorrow, so cyas, thanks again for the help
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January 22, 2012 9:33:36 AM

your welcome and tommorrow my school is also there.
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